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The Most Iconic Mob Wife Fashion Moments Of All Time

THE MOST ICONIC MOB WIFE FASHION

MOMENTS OF ALL TIME

FROM CARMELA SOPRANO TO ELVIRA HANCOCK, LET THESE GLAMOROUS FEMME FATALES INSPIRE YOUR MOB-WIFE AESTHETIC.

BY CR STAFF JANUARY 19, 2024

When it comes to the cyclical nature of fashion, it’s often that when a trend becomes oversaturated, the fashion pendulum sways entirely in the opposite direction. This winter season, TikTok’s fashionistas are putting away their quiet luxury staples and clean girl beauty routines in lieu of a far more maximalist trend taking over the Internet—meet the mob-wife aesthetic.

On TikTok, the trend is best defined by full-length faux furs, chunky gold jewelry, big hair, lots of leopard, and a general more-is-more approach to dressing. Yet, what elevates this trend are the iconic characters from television and film who have glamorously shaped the archetype of the mob-wife aesthetic. Below, CR rounds up the most iconic mob wife heroines from film and television.

CARMELA SOPRANO – THE SOPRANOS, 1999

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Courtesy of HBO

Perhaps the mother of all mob wives, Carmela Soprano (played by Edie Falco) from the HBO hit series The Sopranos has emerged as a modern style icon since the show’s release 25 years ago. As the wife of the mob boss Tony Soprano (played by James Gandolfini), Carmela often sports layered jewelry pieces with her signature long acrylic nails to draw attention to her jewelry. Seeing that the series was filmed at the turn of the millennium, Carmela’s style features ’90s and Y2K cuts with a sense of high-octane glamor associated with the ’80s. Whether she’s making Sunday gravy or attending a family wedding, Carmela’s looks are always on point.

GINGER MCKENNA – CASINO, 1995

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Universal Pictures/Getty Image

When it comes to fabulously-dressed femme fatals in film, none compare to Ginger McKenna (played by Sharon Stone) in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film Casino. While Ginger’s captivating charisma and glamorous wardrobe define her on-screen presence, it’s not just the couture dresses and opulent jewelry that leave a lasting impression. Her character embodies a perfect blend of sophistication and danger, creating an unforgettable archetype. Set in early-1970s Las Vegas, Ginger dons a series of eye-catching looks throughout the film, including mink stoles, disco-ready halter dresses, and even a baby blue Courrèges jacket.

ELVIRA HANCOCK – SCARFACE, 1983

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Who wouldn’t want to hit the dance floor with Scarface‘s Elvira Hancock (played by Michelle Pfeiffer)? Elvira’s sexy teal silk slip, oversized diamonds, and blonde bob have become a cornerstone of fashion and film history, epitomizing the high-octane excesses of the 1980s. Whether she’s donning crisp white skirt suits with brimmed hats or captivating in provocative floor-length dresses for a night of dancing, Elvira’s character masterfully portrays an elegant rendition of the quintessential mob wife aesthetic.

ROSLYN ROSENFELD AND SYDNEY PROSSER- AMERICAN HUSTLE, 2013

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In the Oscar-nominated film American Hustle, Roslyn Rosenfeld (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and Sydney Prosser (played by Amy Adams) emerge as sartorial icons. Roslyn, with her fiery red nails and unapologetic charm, brings a touch of unpredictability to the narrative. On the other hand, Sydney exudes sophistication and allure with her plunging necklines and sleek, 70s-inspired wardrobe. Together, these two characters not only navigate the intricate world of cons and deceit but also become fashion icons, showcasing the sartorial elegance and flair that defined the era.

ADRIANA LA CERVA – THE SOPRANOS, 1999

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As one of the HBO hit series’ iconic heroines, Adriana La Cerva (played by Drea De Matteo) serves up a series of unforgettable looks in her time on The Sopranos. From Y2K-era blouses with vibrant prints and patterns to fluffy furs and larger-than-life hoop earrings, Adriana boldly commands attention while encapsulating the spirit of the times.

KAREN HILL – GOODFELLAS, 1990

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In the cinematic masterpiece Goodfellas, Karen Hill (played by Lorraine Bracco) graces the screen with a style that mirrors both the opulence and grit of the mob world. Karen’s outfits throughout the film serve as a visual narrative, evolving with the twists and turns of her tumultuous life with Henry Hill (played by Ray Liotta). From the glamour of fur coats and cocktail dresses to the more subdued, yet undeniably chic, everyday attire, Karen’s wardrobe captures the essence of 1970s and 1980s fashion.

KAY ADAMS-CORLEONE – THE GODFATHER, 1972

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In the nine-time Oscar winning trilogy, director Francis Ford Coppola made distinct choices on Kay Adams-Corleone’s wardrobe which mirror the narrative’s arc. At the beginning of the film, Kay’s wardrobe exudes a sense of innocence and simplicity. Her dresses are modest and demure, often featuring soft pastels or neutral tones. The fashion choices reflect her initial distance from the darker aspects of the Corleone family’s business. As the story unfolds and Kay becomes further entwined with the Corleone crime family, her wardrobe choices display a heightened sophistication as she leans into the role of mob wife. 

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